Why Gingrich's immigration plan can't work
This is the U.S. border crossing at Los Elbanos, Texas.
November 28th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Why Gingrich's immigration plan can't work

By David Frum, CNN Contributor

Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. He is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again," and is the editor of FrumForum.

(CNN) - Immigration is the only issue where a political candidate can totally do the bidding of the K Street lobbyists and still be hailed as compassionate and humane.

At CNN's Republican National Security Debate this past Tuesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reconfirmed his longstanding immigration policy:

- A commitment to enhanced border security

- A guest worker program

- Individual hearings for each of 12 million or so illegal aliens, at which those with long ties to the country will gain residency rights

- No citizenship for illegal entries

Read David Frum's full commentary

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  1. LeeAnn Stone

    If an immigrant has come here and has worked very hard to learn the language, support their family, encourage their children’s education, contribute to their community, follow our laws, and is willing to pay back taxes than you should be granted amnesty. However they must be willing and able to pull their own weight by doing these things. Our nation is now trillions of dollars in national debt and owes trillions more in personal debts. We simply can not afford to keep up our past levels of charity.

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